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  • 2.0 stars

    "Much promise, less delivery."

    March 3, 2012  |   By eezee_cnet

    Pros

    Good idea! Looks good. And it's free.
    The overall look and feel of the GUI is not too complex, any medium experienced user of a computer can use it. The results after a scan for available updates might result in a long list and could be considered somewhat overwhelming at first.
    The list is neatly categorized in different sections of your hardware that needs updated drivers.
    There's a back-up option when you try to install the new drivers, please use this option at all times.
    Within the program you can specify into which location on your computer back-up's should be stored. I.e. you could use an external hard drive for this to keep the back-up on another location instead of your system's hard drive.

    Cons

    Bad execution!
    The available updates list can change over night. With no actual new drivers in it. It's more like a deja vu and makes one wonder if the previous updates were even installed in the first place.
    Back-up and restore? Yeah, that would be nice. Unfortunately this doesn't work 100%, which is needed. I had to redownload and reinstall some drivers for some of my hardware to get it working again. SlimDrivers made a mess of restoring.
    It's free, but not free of ads. Nothing wrong with adds, but the way it's displayed was kind of annoying. Not a big problem, just annoying. Biggest problem is of course the malfunctioning of accurate restoring of drivers.

    Summary

    Promises a lot, and seems to deliver. But, it certainly fails on key components.

    I wonder if it updated anything at all, I felt more like doing updates for the list in the program itself instead for my system. The list of available updates can change from 100% up to date to a list of driver updates that have already been installed (i.e. same driver versions and version update dates).

    I only found out it has updated my drivers after an attempt to restore them; SlimDrivers failed to restore some drivers, leaving a mess on my system.

    A lesson learned; don't mess with programs that promises to do the work for you, always do it yourself.

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